The pandemic bought about challenges for families of low social economic status. As the pandemic moves slowly behind us we see a need to be able to mobilize resources quickly to support both students and their families.
During this time, CIS extended supports to parents and families by increasing basic needs supports and direct services. The Think Tank also pivoted to support organizations providing direct programs and services to the community. It is evident that we need to be better equipped and proactive to address the day-to-day needs of scholars and their families.
There is a great understanding that there is an academic achievement gap between students of high to moderate social economic status and low social economic status. The pandemic exacerbated this issue. Both organizations, recognize the need to mobilize quickly in a time of crisis and also to support ongoing needs.
In 2018, the Think Tank was introduced to the Community Schools Model by a social worker in one of the area Title 1 Charter Schools and had hopes to implement it. In late 2021, the Think Tank began looking to this model as solution to not only coordinate services and resources but also as a more equitable learning structure for students who struggle the most.
In 2022, Men Tchaas and Shamaiye were introduced, and a partnership was formed. We look forward to positive outcomes.
The two organizations: One is emerging and one is well-established partner to bring Community Learning Centers to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.